Friends of Manufacturing

First Presidential Debate: Candidates Must Recognize Importance of American Manufacturing

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will take the stage and outline ideas and policies they think will improve the country in tonight’s first presidential debate. From tax reform to health care to trade, it’s important to know where each candidate stands on issues and policies that impact manufacturers and the jobs they provide.

Below is what we know about Clinton and Trump and their positions on issues that are vital to manufacturers:

Domestic Energy: Clinton supports the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, which would force the closure of a substantial portion of the current electric power grid. She also opposes the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline and believes it’s a distraction from addressing climate change.

Trump opposes the Clean Power Plan and supports the Keystone XL Pipeline to boost the economy and create jobs.  

Health Care: Clinton supports the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and hopes to build on its successes.

Trump opposes the ACA and would ask Congress to immediately repeal the law.

Immigration:  Clinton plans to implement comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to full and equal citizenship during her first 100 days in office.

Trump supports securing U.S. borders and would not citizenship to undocumented immigrants already in the country.

Trade: Both Clinton and Trump oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Infrastructure: Clinton supports increasing federal infrastructure funding by $275 billion over the next five years.

Trump has not announced a detailed infrastructure proposal, but has expressed that he would “at least double” the infrastructure investments proposed by Clinton.

Manufacturing in America contributes $2.17 trillion to the economy annually, and supports over 12 million men and women.  In order to continue to create American jobs and build the economy, the next president must prioritize pro-growth policies that support manufacturers, including comprehensive tax reform, fair and open trade agreements, an all-of-the-above energy strategy, improved infrastructure, comprehensive immigration reform, and improved health care options—to name a few.

As November 8 nears, it’s key that all manufacturers register to vote, get educated on crucial manufacturing policies, know where candidates stand on the issues and cast a ballot on Election Day.

Manufacturers, do you know who you’re voting for in November?

Find out which of your candidates support manufacturing with our Voter Guide

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